Men's Basketball Takes Season-Opening Win vs. Grambling State

Houston 88, Grambling State 42
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1 2 F
Grambling State 22 20 42
Houston 46 42 88

Quick Stats UH GSU
Points 88 42
Rebounds 39 39
Assists 16 6
Turnovers 16 27
Field Goals 33-66 12-47
Free Throws 7-17 14-17
Three Point Field Goals 7-17 4-23
Fouls 16 20
Statistical Leaders
Houston Points Rebounds Assists
TaShawn Thomas 13 8 5
Joseph Young 18 1 7
Alandise Harris 14 3 0
Grambling State Points Rebounds Assists
Bryant Purvis 7 7 0
Steven Danridge 10 9 1
Raschard Boatner 15 4 4

HOUSTON - The University of Houston men's basketball team scored its first 13 points on its first five shots of the 2011-12 season and never looked back in taking a dominating 88-42 win against Grambling State on Saturday evening inside Hofheinz Pavilion during the season opener for both teams.

The Cougars hit their first three shots to nab a quick 8-0 lead, forcing Grambling State head coach Bobby Washington to call his first timeout out 66 seconds into the season. After the break, the Cougars continued their hot shooting and eventually built a 13-0 lead. Houston would never lead by fewer than eight points the rest of the way.

Houston connected on 50 percent of its 66 shots in the game, while limiting Grambling State to only 25.5 percent. The Cougars also forced 27 Tiger turnovers that led to 37 points and committed only seven giveaways themselves.

"We got off to a great start, and our guys were ready to play," said second-year head coach James Dickey. "Any time you shoot the ball as well as we did early, it makes it look like you're playing well. We made some shots early, which was important."

As the first half went on, the Cougars continued to expand their lead. After Raschard Boatner hit a pair of free throws to pull the Grambling State to within 20-7 with 13:45 left in the first half, the Cougars erupted on a 17-0 run during an 8:38 stretch to seize control.

After leading the Cougars in their exhibition opener, redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young led the team for the second straight contest with 18 points and added a game-high seven assists with two steals and only two turnovers.

Making his collegiate debut, freshman forward TaShawn Thomas did a little of everything for the Cougars. The Killeen, Texas, native finished with 13 points, a team-high eight rebounds, five assists, three blocks and three steals without a turnover in 27 minutes.

Sophomore forward Alandise Harris posted 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while senior guard Darian Thibodeaux and junior guard Jonathon Simmons each added 11 points in the win.

Raschard Boatner led Grambling State with 15 points and four assists, while Steven Danridge added 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds in the loss.

The Cougars continue their homestand when they meet Utah Valley at 7 p.m., Monday inside Hofheinz Pavilion. This will be the first meeting between these two teams. Fans can hear that game live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis.

Fans can watch that game by clicking the "All Access" tab at UHCougars.com and signing up. A small charge is required to watch and hear games via All-Access.

Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the "GameTracker" link at UHCougars.com.

Season tickets are now available at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. General admission season tickets begin as low as $135, while reserved seating season tickets start as low as $195.

Families also will enjoy the Family Fun Plan. For only $299, families receive two adult and two youth general admission season tickets. Additional youth season tickets in the Family Fun Plan can be purchased for $75 each

In the Satisfaction Guaranteed plan, fans who purchase men's season tickets by Nov. 30 and are not satisfied with their game-day experience can return their remaining tickets by Feb. 1 and receive a full refund

Fans can order their season tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets tab and following the appropriate links.



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